Hello and welcome to Quick Question, the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about repeating courses. If I do badly in a class, can I repeat it to replace the bad grade?
The short answer is no. At UO, you do not have the opportunity for grade replacement. Certainly, nothing will stop you from repeating a course. However, if you do repeat a course with the hope that your first grade will be replaced with the second, you will be disappointed.
What happens in this case is that you lose the credits you earned the first time and the two grades will be averaged when factored into your GPA. This means that it is rarely worthwhile for students to repeat coursework that has already been completed. Even if a student took a course an earned a “D” the first time and an “A” the second time, which doesn’t always happen, the average grade would be in the C range, which would not significantly improve a student’s GPA.
So, if you find yourself in a situation where you’re thinking about repeating a course to try and get a better grade, please, please, please discuss this with your advisor first to avoid wasting time, energy, and money.
Now, that being said, in some cases, it may be necessary to retake a class. Some classes require specific a minimum passing grade and if you don’t have that grade, the requirement is not met. So you will have to repeat the class and accept the credit reduction penalty. Podcast #3 covered this topic in more detail. You can find it in the archives.
So, again, if you do badly in a class, should you repeat it to get a better grade? In some cases, yes. In most cases, no. Don’t waste your time or money. Move onward and upward.
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